Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Cardi B Lead 2019 Grammy Nominations

Lula Sharp
December 7, 2018

As with past year, hip-hop dominated across the board - though in 2018, the Recording Academy fell under sharp criticism after rap mogul Jay-Z left empty-handed and Lamar was shut out of the general categories. This year's set of nominations do not reflect those of 12 months ago where no women were up for either Song Of The Year or Record Of The Year, though the two most nominated artists are male: Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations and Drake with seven.

Hip-hop dominated across the board for a second year running - though last year, rap mogul Jay-Z racked up the most nominations but left empty-handed, and Lamar was shut out of the general categories. Jay-Z has voiced his discontent with the Recording Academy before.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN has been nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and "This is Me" from the soundtrack was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Taylor Swift was also snubbed by the Recording Academy over her album "Reputation".

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Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, both multiple Grammy winners, received a nomination for Love is Here to Stay, in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Maybe they can even bond over the snubs. Monáe, herself snagged an Album Of The Year nomination for her most recent project, Dirty Computer.

Among artists with Chicago connections, the nominees included Fall Out Boy for best rock album ("Mania"); Kanye West for best producer, nonclassical; John Prine for best Americana album ("The Tree of Forgiveness"); and Jeff Tweedy for best American roots song (Mavis Staples' "Build a Bridge"). His album "Ye" did not receive any nods.

Critics love Brandi Carlile, but the folk singer-songwriter is not exactly a household name.

Six of the eight best new artist nominees are women - H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, and Jorja Smith.Five of the eight album of the year nominees are also women, including Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R., and Carlile. That's because her two Grammy nods previous year disqualify her from a best new artist award. She has five nominations in total, a number matched only by Lady Gaga and six-time nominee Brandi Carlisle.

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